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  1. Serena

    Big Mack and Fries | THORPE PARK SUN 29 SEPTEMBER

    It's time to say hi to Hyperia and give it a big CF welcome as the new Tallest and Fastest Coaster in the UK. Day: Sunday 29 September 2024 Meet up time: 9.15-9.30 AM Meet up place: Outside the toilets on the left of the entrance turnstiles (Please allow plenty of time to get through...
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    Your 2023 in Review

    • Coaster count at end of 2023: 764 • Parks visited in 2023: Parc Asterix (x2), Walibi Belgium (x2), Europa Park, Toverland, Six Flags Great Adv., Hershey Park, Nickelodeon Universe, Universal Studios, IOA, Busch Gardens Tampa, SeaWorld Orlando, Parque Warner Madrid, Parque de Attracciones...
  3. Serena

    Stealth or Red Force; which European Intamin launch coaster do you prefer?

    I've only been lucky enough to get the front row on Red Force once, but we didn't have Express Pass at Ferrari Land. The staff are usually very strict about allocating rows and wouldn't allow me to wait an extra train for the front.
  4. Serena

    Stealth or Red Force; which European Intamin launch coaster do you prefer?

    Having ridden Red Force this weekend, I am firmly in the Stealth supremacy camp on this one. Stealth is much punchier and gives me a bigger adrenaline rush. The launch on Stealth has so much more kick to it, plus the airtime hill gives a great pop. Red Force is a superb night ride with...
  5. Serena

    Matt N’s Frolic in Florida 10th-24th June 2023

    Dont be concerned @Matt N - Mako is awesome! A very worthy Number 1 coaster. I've ridden Silver Star, Candymonium, Behemoth, Shambhala, Intimidator, Apollo's Chariot, Diamondback and Nitro; and for me personally, Mako easily takes the crown of the B+M hypers. It is a world class coaster, more...
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    Matt N’s Frolic in Florida 10th-24th June 2023

    Can't wait to hear what you think of Busch Gardens Tampa and Iron Gwazi @Matt N Great reports so far, hope you and your family are having a fantastic time!
  7. Serena

    do we NEED to count credits?

    When I first got into the hobby, cred counting felt like a big part of it. It also felt like a social thing - I was way more inclined to ride kiddie creds when there was a group of people on a CF Live to laugh on a Big Apple with. It gave the smaller park days structure and purpose. It felt like...
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    THORPE PARK, UK, Query re prices, accomodation, fast pass

    It's also worth noting that Thorpe Park is a fairly small park, so you won't spend a long time walking between rides. I go frequently and have never, ever needed to buy fast track, even on busy days. The trick is to arrive early before it opens and get on lots of rides first thing in the morning...
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    THORPE PARK, UK, Query re prices, accomodation, fast pass

    Hello, welcome to CoasterForce! Accommodation-wise, there's a Travelodge in Two Rivers in Staines. It's a short walk from Staines train station, where you will be able to get a shuttle bus to and from Thorpe Park. Two Rivers is a nice entertainment complex with food and a cinema, so you will...
  10. Serena

    20th Anniversary CF Live - THORPE PARK - 16th April 2023

    Well, I certainly have the post-Live glow ❤️ Thank you very much to everyone who came along to Thorpe. What a fantastic day! Nice weather, minimal crowds, short queues...couldn't have asked for better Live conditions. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and meet some new people too...
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    20th Anniversary CF Live - THORPE PARK - 16th April 2023

    Apologies for the double post. But just wanted to clarify the meeting point is here: Near the toilets outside the main park entrance at 9:30am I will be wearing my most garish Fury 325 shirt so you can all easily spot me! Don't forget to allow time to get through security beforehand...
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    20th Anniversary CF Live - THORPE PARK - 16th April 2023

    Aw, no worries Chris. Your presence will be missed!
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    20th Anniversary CF Live - THORPE PARK - 16th April 2023

    The time has nearly arrived, see you all on Sunday! If you would like to bring one small item of Theme Park Tat (merch) to donate for the Raffle, it would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Serena

    Most rides you've ever had on one attraction in a day?

    Ah, our ERT was in the evening. It was during October so we got an hour of Taron night rides! 😍
  15. Serena

    Duel at Alton Towers closing on 6th September - retheme or refurbishment for 2023?

    😥😥 😭😭😭 😭😭😭💔💔💔 Thank you for the in depth review @Trooper Looper - ngl, it's really sad to hear they've removed all my favourite parts of the ride. I absolutely loved both The Haunted House and Dual, interested (read: nervous) to see how The Curse will compare to the previous iterations.
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    Most rides you've ever had on one attraction in a day?

    Taron ERT for hotel guests at Phantasialand during the CF Live. I did 15 laps then, and also rode it twice during the day for a grand total of 17. There's not many coasters I can lap over and over again, but Taron is definitely the one. Also had ERT on Twister at Grona Lund a few years ago and...
  17. Serena

    Hornets, heatwaves and Hooters- 10 days in the US

    I really hope Dollywood put a sign out by Lightning Rod that read: 'Bear with us, we are fixing the problem'
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    Hornets, heatwaves and Hooters- 10 days in the US

    Hope you had a better time there than we did! 😅
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    Hornets, heatwaves and Hooters- 10 days in the US

    Gaitlinburg and Dollywood Readers! Get those hiking boots on, cos this ones a rambler. (To cut straight to Dollywood, scroll about 12 paragraphs down) After our sweaty time at Six Flags Over Georgia, we had a day off from theme parks. Prior to this, we had made a little agreement. As I was...
  20. Serena

    Parque Warner Madrid | Gotham City Escape | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    I realise it's all subjective, but in my experience, Kondaa and VelociCoaster are both more intense than Taiga and Taron. The first airtime hill on Kondaa is one of the most forceful moments of ejector I've experienced. The final inversion on VelociCoaster has a real kick to it, not to mention...
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